Living for Jesus

Thomas Chisholm wrote poems for personal therapy after his health collapsed and he had to resign his pastorate at a Methodist church in Scottsville, Kentucky in 1904.  Some of these poems were published and came to the attention of pastor/musician C. Harold Lowden of New Jersey.  Lowden had written music for a children’s song and asked Thomas to write a poem to fit the music.  Thomas returned the music, saying he didn’t have the slightest idea how to put words to music.  Lowden sent it back, saying, he believed God led him to select Thomas.  Since Thomas couldn’t read music, he asked his daughter to hum the melody over and over until he was able to write the words to “Living for Jesus”.  It was published in 1917 in Lowden’s collection of hymns, “Uplifting Songs”.